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White oak frame for Massey-Harris 44 Tractor Stained Glass

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Project by DaleMaley posted 08-29-2016 01:55 PM 337 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On our farm, we had a 1949 Massey-Harris model 44, and a much newer John Deere. My brother and I always operated the old Massey-Harris, because Dad got the nicer and newer John Deere with AC :)

My brother now collects and restores old Massey-Harris tractors. He also has the same Model 44 we used on the farm in the 1960’s and early 70’s.

I thought it would make a great 2016 Christmas gift to make him a stained glass panel of a Massey Harris Model 44.

I went online and found a picture of a typical Massey-Harris model 44, which is shown in the attached pictures. I imported this image into Google Sketchup, and came up with a stained glass design design for it.

After I completed the stained glass panel, I decided to frame it in white oak. The local stained glass shop where I took my classes, uses a retired woodworker to make frames. His design is rather complicated and involves a lot of wood pieces. You can see it here.

I went online, and found a Minnesota lady that sells oak framing materials intended to hang stained glass. Her design is much simpler to make, and the art can be displayed from either side of the frame. I ordered her hardware, and used my own white oak to make my frame. After doing both designs, I like her design much better.

There is no sun in Central Illinois today, so I can’t take a photo of the framed project in the sunlight. A picture is included above in the sunlight of the stained glass before I made the frame.

To see my trials & tribulations on this project, see my woodworking web site.

Thanks

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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socrbent

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#1 posted 08-29-2016 04:32 PM

Dale – nice simple frame. The Subject really is what caught my eye. I grew up on an Ohio farm with a 1947 Massey Harris 30 and an mid 50’s 44 diesel special. I spent many an hour in the seat of both. Remember getting a black face and headache from the exhaust of the diesel. The 4 row mounted cultivators were a real workout without power steering. Thanks for prompting the memories.

-- socrbent Ohio

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 08-29-2016 05:15 PM

Fantastic.

As an old tractor freak and a sawdust specialist I DOUBLE LIKE this project!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 08-29-2016 06:14 PM

Dale, this is so creative and it looks great. I would love to learn how to work with stained glass.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DaleMaley

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#4 posted 08-29-2016 09:36 PM

You can self-teach yourself stained glass, but I would highly suggest taking some classes. Most stained glass studios teach classes, to pick up some new long-term customers for the consumable items. The cost isn’t that great for the classes.

Thanks!

Dale


Dale, this is so creative and it looks great. I would love to learn how to work with stained glass.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#5 posted 08-30-2016 12:41 AM

Very neat. My dad restores Ford tractors and so understand the value of such a heart-felt project.

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#6 posted 08-30-2016 02:16 PM

Nice tractor and gift. I have a massey 44 waiting to be restored, has the wide spaced tires. I also have a Allis Charmers WD that i got a couple of years ago and restored, I grew up driving one of those on the farm. Memories…..

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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DaleMaley

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#7 posted 08-30-2016 02:30 PM

Our Massey-Harris 44 was the tricycle model.

I remember taking it out to bring home 2 wagons of corn from the muddy field. The 2 front small tricycle tires balled up into a solid clump of mud and corn stalks. I did manage to keep on driving and get to the road, where I had to clean the mud from the front tires :)


Nice tractor and gift. I have a massey 44 waiting to be restored, has the wide spaced tires. I also have a Allis Charmers WD that i got a couple of years ago and restored, I grew up driving one of those on the farm. Memories…..

- bushmaster


-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#8 posted 09-07-2016 04:11 AM

Nice job!

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DaleMaley

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 02:00 PM



Nice job!

- JPJ

Thanks!!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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